We have been working on low and zero carbon buildings since 2007 when the UK Green Building Council asked us to be the main cost consultant to evaluate the Government's low and zero carbon non-domestic buildings programme.
In fact, we are entering our third decade of work on the subject with a wealth of experience and expertise when it comes to delivering energy-efficient, low carbon buildings and infrastructure and, as a service provider, we know the biggest impact we can have is helping our clients meet their net zero carbon aspirations.
However, we also know that we need to do our bit and over the last decade G&T has consistently reduced carbon in its business operations. In 2021 we set ourselves the target of becoming net zero carbon by 2030.
We first made a commitment to reducing carbon year-on-year when we achieved IS0 14001 certification in 2008. Reducing carbon has also been the number one priority of G&T’s Sustainability Policy and related Environmental Management System.
In addition to reducing our carbon, we have also been transparent in reporting our emissions. G&T was an early adopter of carbon reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project.
In 2020, we complied with the Simplified Energy and Carbon Reporting Scheme (SECR), with carbon impacts that are considered low for an organisation of our size and activity.
As part of our ISO 14001 commitments, we send no waste to landfill (thereby reducing our Scope 3 emissions). This reduces methane – a highly potent greenhouse gas. This is true for all our waste, including food waste.
We know there is more work to be done by us and others in the construction and property industry but our new Net Zero Carbon policy is our commitment to take action.